Why Do I Practice Centering Prayer


In my Centering Prayer Questions post, I posed some centering prayer questions. Since I asked these very questions, it is only fitting that I answer them too.

I recognize that each one of us has their own practice. If you asked yourself why do I practice ________, how would you respond?

Why do I center?

I center because I love God.

I center so God and I can partner as we begin each day.

I center to forget me.

I center to let go of my worries, anxieties, fears, things that are bothering me.

When I center, I am sitting with God. I do not think words need to be said.

When I center it is like sitting with a good friend. It is like sitting with someone I love. We just like to be with each other.

I sit with God to love God and be loved by God.

I believe God is praying in me in ways that I do not know but will be revealed during my non centering life.

I sit to let God act in me.

I sit to put on the Mind of Christ (The Nondual Mind)

I sit to loosen my mind and see with new eyes.

I sit to open to God, the Great Mystery!

I sit to be refreshed.

I sit because I need balance between my inner and outer worlds.

I sit because my outer world is only as good as my inner world.

I sit because it teaches me the great four loves : love of God, love of neighbor, love of myself, love of my enemies.

I sit because , “Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.”
– Eckhart Tolle

I sit because it slows me down. I learn to make better decisions. Sometimes silence is the best action.

If we meditate, it is possible for the undisciplined, scattered mind to become disciplined, focused and matured with insight.
– The Dalai Lama

These are some of the reasons that came to mind for now. Next week I will respond to the question:  When do I center?

6 thoughts on “Why Do I Practice Centering Prayer”

  1. Thanks for your good words, Rich.

    Centering Prayer is a challenge for me. I am so verbal, so focused on words. I love the quiet and the focus on God. Except words keep coming into my mind. But, that’s okay. I still try, and God knows that I’m trying.

    1. Try it in small bursts: One minute at a time and bump it up. It was hard for me at first. I started with 1 minute and kept bumping it up. Now I can sit for 20 minutes. Hang in there.

      1. Oh, it isn’t the prayer-part. I love that! I can sit with God for 20 minutes, a half hour at a time, and have thoughts–verbal thoughts–come into my mind, right and left. I love praying. ANd, I have different images come to mind, and Bible verses, and my thoughts go in a direction depending on what I start with, in prayer. (a verse, topic, or image) I have difficulty with the wordless-part. THAT is a challenge. Thanks for the encouragement.

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